The RPG Legacy of the Sega Master System and Game Gear

The RPG Legacy of the Sega Master System and Game Gear

Axe of the Blood God examines Sega's 8-bit history while also discussing Final Fantasy 7 and Trails of Cold Steel.

As Axe of the Blood God rolls into Part 3 of the Console RPG Quest, we examine a console that isn't as well-known in North America: the Sega Master System [download link here].

The Sega Master System notoriously flamed out in North America, but it ultimately did very well in Europe and South America, which Nadia and I cover in this episode. Unfortunately, its lack of success in Japan combined with Nintendo's anti-competitive licensing practices hurt its RPG legacy somewhat. Nadia and I discuss this history, as well as the RPGs that did ultimately make it to that platform.

And that's not all! Nadia and I also talk at some length about the Game Gear and SG-1000. Plus, Nadia offers an update on her progress through Trails of Cold Steel, while I make some observations about the original Final Fantasy 7 based on my current playthrough. And of course we read letters from the mailbag.

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Show Description

The Console RPG Quest continues with a look at the Sega Master System and Game Gear: two consoles that were overshadowed by their competitors from Nintendo but nevertheless gave us some quality RPGs (mostly Phantasy Star). Kat and Nadia and explore Sega's early 8-bit legacy, talk about some of the notable RPGs to appear on each (and the SG-1000, too), and ponder why the Master System's RPG library isn't stronger.

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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